The Norwegian language or Norse – Norsk originated in the North group of languages. It is the official main language spoken in Norway, but mutually comprehensible and easy to use for the Swedish and Danish people. Suffice it to say, knowledge of only one of these three languages is enough to understand any of them with their local and regional variants, at a basic level.
Some Facts About the Norwegian Language
The North German language group consists of these three languages together with Faroese, Icelandic and some languages that today are already extinct. Although originating from the same language group, due to the voice form of the Faroese and Icelandic languages, they are not mutually intelligible with Norwegian.
According to government legislation, there are two basic forms of the written Norwegian language, Nynorsk (literally “new Norwegian”) and Bokmål (literally “book tongue”). There are two forms of written Norwegian that are not officially recognized. One of them is Riksmål (“national language”) form which is recognized only by the Norwegian College and the other form is Høgnorsk (“High Norwegian”). This is an original form of written Norwegian language established by the linguist Ivar Aasen which remained consistent and authentic despite reforms in the 20th century, but its use is limited.
The two main forms of written Norwegian, Nynorsk and Bokmål, basically regulate only the standards of the written form of this language, but not for the spoken form. Since there is no standard form of spoken Norwegian, Norwegians speak their own dialect, depending on the circumstances. So it is taken as correct pronunciation of the Norwegian language in any form whether speaking is in accordance with the writing form or not. Only in areas where East Norwegian dialects are used as standard, is the østnorsk dialect accepted, which is not used as a spoken option elsewhere except in Eastern Norway.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries in Norway, Danish was used as the standard written language. Over time, because of the strengthening of nationalism in Norway and the development of a modern country, this standard has been rejected.
The official policy of Norway once had the initiative to merge the two forms of Bokmål and Nynorsk into a common language to be called Samnorsk. Yet, this spelling reform resulted in only a wider spectrum of varieties of the two main forms.
Basically, Norwegians are educated equally in the two main forms of written language. According to official surveys conducted in 2005, around 86.3% of the literate population in Norway reported that they use the Bokmål form, 13% use Nynorsk, and 5.5% used Nynorsk and Bokmål writing synchronously. In written publications, Bokmål has a 92% usage, while 8% use has the Nynorsk form.
Besides Norwegian being the official language of Norway, it is also one of the official languages of the Nordic Council and all persons who have Norwegian as their native language when interacting with any official authority in all Nordic countries are not obliged to interpret or translate their documents.
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Norway is a country located in Northwestern Europe. The country has a strong economy and an excellent GDP. The crime rates of Norway are one of the lowest in the whole world. In 2017, the country ranked number one on the World Happiness Report. Norway has it all, natural beauty, an extensive coastline, world’s fourth-best per capita income, happiness, success, and democracy. So there’s no reason why someone wouldn’t want to move to Norway.
The Norwegian language is one of the official languages of Norway. Those who plan to move there will need translations of their documents in Norwegian. Your documents can be accurately translated into the Norwegian language by expert Nordic translators only. Those who do not understand the Norwegian language and the different dialects that are spoken in Norway will not be able to translate a language into Norwegian. You must get in touch NordicTrans because we have Nordic translators on our team and they can provide you accurate Norwegian translations.
Did you know that Norwegian is recognized as one of the simplest languages for English speakers to learn? This may sound unusual because let’s face it, Norwegian isn’t usually there on the list of modern languages to learn when you’re considering a language to learn. But we think Norwegian is an incredible language for anyone to try to learn.
Here are some fascinating facts about the Norwegian language to pique your interest.
Norwegian is spoken in Norway, where it is an official language. There are approximately 5 million native Norwegian speakers.
It is a tonal language, making it sound musical. Tones are exceptional in Indo-European languages and are usually found in Asian languages such as Chinese.
The Special Word
Unlike the rest of us who do this as a matter of class, a good dose of weekend drinking is lovingly named Helgefylla to make it an actual event rather than one of those things that happen.